Wow! I've just had the
quickest, most interesting,
fun filled ten weeks of my entire career.
You may have
noticed we've had a few editorial
changes take place here at DEFIANT over the past couple of months. As
in most businesses, especially new businesses, people come and people
gofor a variety of reasons.
Well, as we
were in one of those "people
going (Ed Polgardy) while waiting for people (Pauline Weiss) to come on
board" modes, someone (Jim Shooter) noticed that I got in a little
early every morning and, well, the next thing I know I'm editing Warriors
of PLASM, Dark Dominion, Good Guys, and Dogs of War (Now
leaving a little later every evening). I was really
enjoy this side of the business when--Pauline arrived. I tried to persuade
her to take over my real job (General Manager) and let me keep editing
the books, but to no avail. Finally we reached a compromise--I'll get
do mini-series like Dogs of War, and, you'll
probably see my name
again as editor on some special projects that we have planned.
You may be
asking yourself how the office
manager could become a part-time editor? Let me tell you, I think it
osmosis. At Valiant I was the office manager, there, I had the
and opportunity to work with and learn how comic books were created and
written from Jim Shooter. He makes it look easy,
but let me assure
you, it isn't.
learned from him is that
this is a very special medium. It takes people who really love an care
about what they are doing to create universes, storylines, characters,
and exciting adventures for kids and adults to escape to and enjoy over
and over again. Jim is truly someone who cares about and loves this
and he definitely has the vision, talent, and ability to publish an
exciting and different universe.
I also had the
opportunity to learn a lot
about storytelling by pencilers like Don Perlin and David Lapham, to
how a penciled page could be enhanced by a talented inker like Stan
and finally how those same pages could be brought to life by talented
like Jade Moede and Janet Jackson. Last but not least, were the people
who did the lettering like Ken Lopez and George Roberts, who give their
words in the stories a character of their own.
I loved my job
at Valiant and I love my
job here, but the one thing that I've discovered in the past ten weeks
(something I think Jim, Janet, and David already knew) is how much more
exciting it is to be a part of the creative process--no matter what the
creative contribution is...
Ken Lopez's name did not appear as the other letterer on the credits
of Dogs of War #2. An oversight on my part so, I
would like to thank
him for his part on the May issues.
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